Family Friendly Activities in Queenstown

The gorgeous natural landscapes of Queenstown are not only amazing to see, but can also be great fun! Queenstown has all the exciting activities needed to keep the kids enthralled, such as the Shotover Jet, otherwise known as the world’s most thrilling jetboat ride, treks through the forest on horseback, helicopter rides over incredible scenery and paragliding and parasiling adventures.

Best of Queenstown Sightseeing Tour -Altitude Tours

Join the Best of Queenstown tour for a must do tour of hand picked locations to show you the best the town has to offer!

Jet Boat - Go Orange Jet Boat

Experience a thrilling, high speed 1 hour jet boat adventure from Queenstown Bay, skimming across stunning Lake Wakatipu & the mighty Kawarau river.

Kayaking - Paddle Queenstown

Enjoy stunning scenery & informative guides on a half day guided kayaking tour on the picturesque Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown or Moke Lake.

Glenorchy & Paradise Half Day Explorer

Discover the breathtaking beauty of Glenorchy on a half day tour from Queenstown.

Jet boat - Shotover Jet

The World's most exciting jetboat ride! It's an adrenaline rush you'll never forget through the one and only Shotover River Canyons.

Jet boat - KJet

At speeds of up to 85 kmph, in water often less than 10cm deep, this is where the Jetboat comes into its own! KJet is NZ's original jet boat ride.

Go Karting - Game Over

Game Over is Queesntown's best indoor entertainment centre, located in Frankton where there is something for everyone to enjoy rain, hail or shine!

Rafting - Family Adventures

This is a rafting trip ideal for families and still has an element of excitement. It includes a 4 wheel drive trip and rafting on grade 1-2 water.

Jet Heli Luge Skyline Gondola - High Five

Includes the Shotover Jet, a scenic helicopter flight landing to the summit of the Skyline Gondola, ride the Luge then take the Gondola cablecar down.

Dart River Wilderness Jet & Dart Stables Combo

Take two of Glenorchys best tours and combine them into one day trip for the ultimate Glenorchy experience!

Jet & Heli - Heliscenic

Includes the Shotover Jet, the world's most exciting jetboat ride and a 20 minute scenic helicopter flight, landing on the summit of The Remarkables.

Jet boat - Dart River Wilderness Jet

The world famous Dart River Safari Jet Boat. Discover ice-capped mountains and glaciers, cascading waterfalls and crystal clear streams and pools.

Jet boat - Skippers Canyon Jet & 4wd

Blast through the spectacular canyon of towering rock whilst your skilled driver negotiates the sheer cliff faces and canyon walls.

Canyon Explorers - Queenstown

We zip over the gorge, descend down the rocks, plunge into pools, cascade through water chutes and swim narrow passageways in a wilderness setting.

Paragliding - G Force Tandem Paragliding

Take an exhilarating Tandem Paragliding flight from the top of the Skyline gondola over Queenstown. Look for the 9am early bird special.

Paragliding - Coronet Peak Tandems

Enjoy fantastic views on your paragliding flight of a lifetime from the highest take off of the 3 main paragliding sites in Queenstown.

Paragliding - Skytrek

Tandem paragliding with Skytrek from Coronet Peak ski field in Queenstown. Fly from 5400 feet in winter & 4100 feet in summer. Free HD in flight video

Quad Biking - Off Road

Get amongst the rugged Kawarau Gorge for a fun filled off road quad biking experience with Off Road.Great for the adventurous & more experienced rider

Milford Sound Coach & Cruise - BBQ Bus

Enjoy some great Kiwi hospitality whilst you sit back & relax in our comfortable coach on your drive to Milford Sound. Explore the wonders of the fior

Ziplining - Paradise Ziplines

Zipline an 8 line course 1000m through beautiful mature forests and over a pristine alpine stream.

Lake Cruises - TSS Earnslaw Steamship

Relive the elegance of bygone days with a 2 hour cruise aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw steam boat on Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown.

Walter Peak Evening Dining & Lake Cruise

Enjoy a cruise on board the TSS Earnslaw steamship across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak. Indulge in a delicious carvery buffet at the Colonel homestead

Milford Sound Coach & Cruise from Queenstown - Real Journeys

Take a day trip from Queenstown to Milford Sound on a coach, cruise, coach trip with Real Journeys.

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Day Cruise from Queenstown - Real Journeys

Explore Doubtful Sound with a day trip from Queenstown

Walter Peak BBQ Lunch & Lake Cruise

Take a cruise on board the beloved TSS Earnslaw steamship across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak. Enjoy a bbq lunch and guided farm tour at Walter Peak.

Lake Cruises - Million Dollar Cruise

Board the Million Dollar Cruise for an exclusive 1.5 hour trip on Queenstown's Lake Wakatipu. Stunning views & informative & friendly crew.

Lake Fishing - Stu Dever

Not just a great boat and skipper but also a fishing guide with an uncanny ability to sense fish and create exciting fishing experiences for everyone.

Milford Sound Overnight Cruise - Wanderer

Quad share bunk style accommodation. An overnight cruise in spectacular Milford Sound is a once in a lifetime experience. Transfers from Queenstown.

Bike Tours - Around the Basin

View the stunning Wakatipu Basin region by bike. The purpose built trails consume lakes river gorges, historic Arrowtown & Gibbston Valley wine region

Haunted House - Fear Factory

Walk the hallways of the old Lockhart hotel for the fright of your life in New Zealand's scariest hotel.

Helicopter Flight - Pilot's Choice

Experience a bird's eye view of Queenstown and the mountains on this 20 minute scenic helicopter flight.

Parasailing - Paraflights NZ

Parasail up to 200 metres above Queenstown's lake Wakatipu. Fly solo or with a friend. Look for the Early Bird Special!

Go Karting - Highlands Motorsport Park

Take on your friends & family in German built Go Karts on the Highlands 650m outdoor race track in Cromwell.

Helicopter Flight - Alpine Snow Landing

On this 30min heli flight you will land on snow on Cecil Peak & admire the stunning alpine views of Lake Wakatipu. Check out the winter special!

Four Wheel Drive - Nomad Safari of the Scenes

Safari of the Scenes offer two half-day sight-seeing tours, exploring Queenstown's scenic highlights and locations used for Lord of the Rings filming.

Horse Riding - Dart Stables

Experience the fun of horseriding through "The Lord of the Rings" country. Located in stunning Glenorchy, 45 mins from Queenstown. Operates all year.

Hot Pools - Onsen

Immerse yourself in the views, water & the fresh mountain air as your mind and body surrenders to the warmth and gentle massage of our private pools.

4WD & Buggy Combo - Off Road

Enjoy a 4 hour tour combining a scenic buggy ride with a 4 wheel drive tour.

Four Wheel Drive - Nomad Safaris

Ride in safari-equipped 4WD vehicles in areas inaccessible by normal means, no crowds, a true off-road adventure. The Lord of the Rings specialists.

Guided Walks - Half Day Nature Walks

Come for an invigorating guided walk with us into the beautiful Queenstown backcountry and discover what really makes New Zealand different.

Helicopter Flight - Glacier Landing

On this 50 minute flight you will experience the natural beauty of the majestic Southern Alps, views of Mount Aspiring and also get to stand on snow!

Helicopter Flight - Milford & Alps

On this 1 hr 30 minute flight You will see the world famous Milford Sound and Mitre Peak rising out of the deep fiords. Simply breathtaking!

Helicopter Flight - The Remarkables

10 minute flight with views of spectacular mountain ranges and the stunning lake Wakatipu. Snow landing in winter. Check out the 3.30pm special.

Horse Riding - Ben Lomond Trekking

Enjoy some of Queenstown's most spectacular scenery on horseback with friendly & knowledgeable guides & gentle horses. Operates summer only (Oct-Apr).

Horse Riding - Walter Peak

After your cruise on the Earnslaw steamship across Lake Wakatipu, join a 40 minute guided horse trek at Walter Peak Station. Summer only (Nov-Mar).

Kayaking - Funyaks

A full day option, lunch included. 1.5 hr Jetboat ride through Lord of the Rings country, a 4wd adventure and easy canoeing down the Dart river.

Kayaking - Rippled Earth

Three great kayaking tours, Islands Safari, Mountains & Lakes & Sunset tour, leave from Glenorchy's stunning shores.

Lazer Tag - Game Over

For a fun and exciting indoor activity head to Game Over in Remarkables Park, Frankton for a game of Lazer Tag with family or friends.

Odyssey Sensory Maze - Queenstown

Get your senses going in the Odyssey Sensory Maze as you engage all your senses to find your way out of the maze.

Racing Track Passenger Experience - Highlands Motorsport Park

Experience an unforgettable high-speed encounter on the impressive Highlands Motorsport Park circuit as a passenger in a high performance supercar.


Discover a new sensation that's fantastic fun in Queenstown! Segway on Q's tours are a great way to see the town and have lots of fun along the way.

Skyline Gondola & Dinner

Breathtaking views from the top after your cable car ride 400m above Queenstow followed by a sumptuous 6 course buffet!

Skyline Gondola & Luge

For some hair raising fun be sure to head up the Skyline Gondola and take a spin on the luge track!

Skyline Gondola & Lunch

Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch with spectacular views at the Skyline Gondola in Queenstown.

The Old Gold Trail 4WD Tour - Queenstown Expeditions

Join us in comfort on an adventure like no other, on the old gold trail where you take in the rich historic exploits of Queenstown and Old Cromwell.

Milford Sound Overflight

No visit to Queenstown is complete without a scenic plane trip to Milford Sound. Great for those with limited time available. 2 hours round trip.

Trampolining - SITE Indoor Freestyle Centre

Freestyle trampolining in Queenstown, fun for all ages!

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